Darren McVay describes his ‘blazing’ experience

Myself and colleague, Brian Thompson, certainly put our fire marshall skills to the test when we jumped into action to help a motorist whose car had burst into flames.

On an ordinary working day, we were travelling along the A174 road to South Shields to undertake flat roofing repairs. The traffic lights were on red and we noticed a car to the right of us which was in real trouble. Flames had ignited underneath the car.

It was a case of being in the right place at the right time and thanks to Hodgson Sayers I am a qualified fire marshall and we had a fire extinguisher with us.

Brian and I, along with another motorist, got the fire quickly under control. Ironically, the car had just been serviced that very morning!!

Working onsite, you need to know how to prevent and combat any emergencies which may arise and that includes being fully proficient in the use of fire extinguishers. We are also fully qualified fire marshals. It has not been the first time in my career that I have had to tackle a road fire and I doubt it will be the last, so, if a car is in trouble, you can rely on us to help you out!